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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Devorss & Co (Txp); later Printing edition (November 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875161995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875161990
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mrs. Emma Curtis Hopkins
Teacher of Teachers
September 2, 1849 - April 25, 1925

A Tribute - By her pupils, who owe her much, for the great spiritual illumination she awakened in them. Adapted from Class Lessons 1888 Introduction.


Like so many others among the teachers and students of the new spiritual teaching, she sought freedom from illness in Christian Science, then in its infancy. Emma Curtis Hopkins studied with Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy for two years. Then going out as an independent teacher, she taught in many cities - New York, Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco, with large classes wherever she went.

Emma Curtis Hopkins had a broad education and was familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures, the Vedas, the Bhagavad-Gita and other sacred writings of India. She also studied the philosophy and mysteries of the Greeks, such as Orpheus, Pythagoras, Plato, and Plotinus. Having learned Greek at an early age, she read many of these in the original language. She had an exhaustive knowledge of the histories of all nations and peoples of all times. Her Biblical interpretations are masterpieces.

Returning to Chicago, she established a school for the teaching of the philosophy now called Spiritual Science, Divine Science, and New Thought.

In 1888, Mrs. Hopkins founded a seminary in Chicago, which she called: The Christian Science Theological Seminary. It was a regular incorporated school and the graduates were ordained ministers and so recognized by the State of Illinois. This school was not associated with Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science. It was in operation until 1893.

Many movements, each having its own distinctive expression, sprang from its roots. To name a few: Unity School of Christianity, Home of Truth Movement, Divine Science, and Religious Science.

Among some 50,000 students taught by Emma Curtis Hopkins, the most famous are: Charles Fillmore, Myrtle Fillmore, Ernest Holmes, H. Emilie Cady, Lillian De Waters, Frances Foulks, H.B. Jeffery, Annie Rix Militz, Marie S. Watts.

In 1893 the class register numbered 350 names of people who had received the basic lessons, and an ordained ministry numbering 111 who had received the advanced Theological Course.

Mrs. Hopkins was herself a genuine mystic and in all her teachings emphasized the mystic experience. Mysticism is the most difficult of all metaphysical themes, for it involves an experience rarely realized and never adequately expressed in words - the realization of identity with the Absolute Being, or the here and now experience of union with God. Mrs. Hopkins taught that the first step in developing the consciousness of the mystic was turning the attention away from all things, events, and persons toward the Deity ever beholding us.

It is said that the glory of her teaching is that it arouses the hidden creative genius in the students. This is how they went forth inspired to accomplished some great work of a unique and inimitable sort, by the recognition of their own inherent divinity. To awaken this Divine Sense in her readers is the chief aim of the writings, which she has left with us.

None of Emma Curtis Hopkins' students ever studied with her, for she offered no debate. What she said was it and that was that. But she empowered it with something alive, animated and inspiring. Thus, the value of her teaching was that she imparted spiritual conviction in such a way as to awaken a corresponding consciousness in her students, which she knew was already there, merely awaiting such arousal.

During the last days of her life she lived in New York City and taught only privately. It is estimated that during her active lifetime as many as fifty thousand persons came to her for instruction, either in class or privately. She made her transition on April 25, 1925 at the age of seventy-one.

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Read those, read her quotes scattered about the internet, and you will be sure to want this book.
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Emma Curtis Hopkins is very clear about her New Thought philosophy in this book.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Gena M. Lumbroso on September 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
I love this book. It is a true classic, a true source of unlimited wisdom and inspiration for the truth seeker. This is one of those books with which you would LIKE to be on a desert island. In that way you would have the time and disposition to most fully absorb its content, which in fact unlocks your own unlimited and infinite resources. Do you see the promise?
Emma simply states the Truth through 12 lessons. I myself am on my third reading. I find the book can be used in several ways. One, of course is to read it through, secondly you can read it and extract the lessons for your own use, thirdly you can use it as a bedside book opening it up for light and inspiration in times of need. Its words never grow old. It seems to pick up power with subsequent readings.
Each lesson unlocks a power within us that is symbolized by a stone. In her words, " Mind is composed of twelve powers. When mind exercises these twelve powers it has twelve characteristics, which shine like polished jewels. They make a perfect foundation for an absolute demonstration of Jesus Christ Spirit. The first time you go the rounds of these twelve powers, you may not show much difference in character. The second time, the third time, the millionith time around the statements, and how shining your life and mind become."
She goes on, "The first six statements are the beautiful powers of your mind as to your own looks, your own judgement. The last six relate to your surroundings... There are twelve conditions of human life which may be met by twelve truths. These twelve conditions being met by Truth, you may be sure that your life will be free, glad and powerful. The Brahmins had a teaching which read: 'So dwell on the highest thoughts; this is the life of the awakened.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Lloyd Strom on January 12, 2000
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This volume is a classic in the field of practical mysticism. It provides a modern interpretation of the teachings of Jesus Christ. However, the author presents them in the context of a deep mystical understanding of all of the world's great spiritual traditions. Written at the beginning of the 20th century, this book today is still about 100 years ahead of its time. Emma Curtis Hopkins was known as the "Teacher of Teachers." Here's what her student Charles Fillmore, the founder of Unity, had to say about her: "She is undoubtedly the most successful teacher in the world. In many instances those who enter her classes confirmed invalids come out at the end of the course perfectly well. Her very presence heals and those who listen are filled with new life. Never before on this planet have such words of burning Truth been so eloquently spoken through a women."
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "pageh" on January 1, 2000
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Mrs. Hopkins was a dedicated teacher and healer whose students included Ernest Holmes - founder of Science of Mind/Religious Science Movement, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore - founders of Unity School of Christianity, and the founders of: Divine Science, the Emmanuel Movement, Christ Truth League and Home of Truth. This, her masterpiece, is one of the greatest of all works based on mysticism. "When the Lord is your confidence you will never find yourself at all deceived by the ways and speech of men and women, though they be very brilliant, if they speak outside of the Principle that demonstrates healing and goodness and life." (86)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Hugh H. Higgins on November 11, 2004
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My title expresses what I think about Emma Curtis Hopkins after reading and working with her book for 25 years. I don't know how she did it, but she took the essence of what was then known as New Thought, or Christian Science, or mental-spiritual healing, and put its practical teachings in words, sentences, and paragraphs which grow more and more powerful the more one works with them.

There are other books and teachings which help me, such as those of Mary Baker Eddy (the teacher of Emma Curtis Hopkins) and, from the Hindu world, Sri Aurobindo and Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I also owe a great deal to Charles Fillmore of the Unity movement, who was one of Emma Curtis Hopkins's pupils. But I would not be without this book by ECH. I think of her as a true friend and guide who never ceases to amaze me by her wisdom and the reassurance and power which flood me when I work with her teaching.

I admire also her book High Mysticism, but if I had to be with only one of her books it would be Scientific Christian Mental Practice. In comparison with it, the current crop of New Age panaceas and mental gymnastics seem minor and trivial. Emma was way ahead of them.

It took me a while to get used to her style, which is highly unusual. If you work with it slowly, re-reading every sentence until you feel what it is trying to tell you, what seems odd at first will turn out to be a treasure of enlightenment.

Maybe we all long for a Mother we can trust absolutely. Or a friend whose reassurance and wisdom never fail. And maybe you will find that somewhere else; but you may owe it to yourself to try this book. I would not be without it.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By moosbrugger123 on May 17, 2005
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Please note, before we even start, that no book, tape, etc. like this should be used as a substitute for any needed attention by a reputable doctor/physician. That would be sheer fanaticism.

The general obscurity of many spiritual healing books may be, in the long run, for the best. Easy access to such material may lead many unwise/inexperienced individuals to run to the opposite of hypochondria, have too much faith in their own unpracticed ability to heal their own or others illnesses, and only tragedy may result. Even Emma Hopkins understands this problem, as you will gather from reading her books.

first off, with regards to this book, you may immediately start gathering the benefits of it by going ahead and resorting to some form of relaxed, continuous prayer that works for you, and an attempt to acquire that spiritual awareness which can modify entirely an individual for the better. However, I am so sure that many will benefit so much from the approach in this book, that I heartily recommend acquiring it. See all the quotes at the end of this review.

I am in much concurrence with the sentiments of the rest of the reviewers. If you're like me, and are finally coming to Emma Curtis Hopkins, rest assured that you are finally coming to one of the best and essential classics in new thought, creative mysticism, or whatever you would like to call it.

Second, know that this Scientific Christian book is used in 'New Thought' classes, along with Ernest Holme's larger ' Science of Mind' volume.

Experienced as I previously was, for over twenty years, with similar writings (oh, about twenty titles or so) I was pleasantly surprised and excited by reading 'The Statement of Being' on the internet, when i first encountered Emma's work.
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